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Dadeville Kiwanis learns more about Smith Mountain restoration

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/21/2017 9:42:00 AM

The two talked about the history of Smith Mountain on Lake Martin, including the fire lookout tower, as well as how CRATA was working to turn the area into a sort of outdoor museum, telling residents and visitors alike of the history and nature on Smith

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Seibel, Margaret Faye Foster

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 7/19/2017 10:22:00 PM

July 29, 1944 - July 15, 2017 Margaret Faye Foster Seibel, 72, passed away July 15, 2017 at Lake Martin Community Hospital in Dadeville, Alabama. A graveside service will be held at Garden Hills Cemetery in Opelika on July 21, 2017 at 11:00 am with Chris

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CRATA’s driving force Jimmy Lanier named Land Conservationist of the Year

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/19/2017 5:16:00 AM

Lanier has been the driving force behind the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association’s (CRATA) network of hiking trails around Lake Martin since the non-profit organization was formed in 2004. CRATA has been responsible for the development of 7.2 miles

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Family Day on the Lake provides fun and education

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/18/2017 9:50:00 AM

Sun Festival’s Family Day on the Lake was jam-packed with activities designed for family fun at Wind Creek State Park on Sunday afternoon. But hidden in all that fun was a big educational experience on the water sports Lake Martin has to offer

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Missing 11-year-old from Tallapoosa County found

CBS 42

Date: 7/17/2017 3:34:00 AM

11-year-old Victoria Smith was last seen in Dadeville, Alabama around 4 p.m. on July 16, 2017. Smith is a white female who was last seen wearing a purple shirt with yellow writing, black gym shorts, brown flip flops, and a head band with her hair pulled back

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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